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Wuhan coronavirus: USDA to help closed schools to have enough meals

Christian Fernsby |
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced proactive flexibilities to allow meal service during school closures to minimize potential exposure to the Wuhan coronavirus.

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During an unexpected school closure, schools can leverage their participation in one of USDA’s summer meal programs to provide meals at no cost to students.

Under normal circumstances, those meals must be served in a group setting.

However, in a public health emergency, the law allows USDA the authority to waive the group setting meal requirement, which is vital during a social distancing situation.

As always, States may request waivers of other Program requirements, as needed, and those will be considered on a case by case basis.

States may submit waiver requests immediately by providing their FNS Regional Office with the required waiver information.

Today’s announcement is effective and will cover efforts triggered by school closings through June 30, 2020.

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